France

Big gains for far-right Front National in French elections

By Daniel Easterman, March 24, 2014

The far-right Front National party has dramatically increased its share of the vote in France’s local elections.

Exit polls from last night show that the party now has 7% of the vote – a massive gain considering it only has representation in 600 of the 36,000 local French constituencies where voting took place.

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Vive la France? Not if you're Jewish

By Andrew Hussey, March 21, 2014

In 1983, I went to the University of Lyon 3, to study there as part of my degree in French studies at the University of Manchester. I was 20 years old, had not travelled much further than my home town of Liverpool and was a fairly typical product of my environment – the NME-reading Smiths-leftist culture.

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Students battle YouTube over quenelle video

By Natasha Lehrer, February 5, 2014

In the wake of the international uproar over French comedian Dieudonné’s popularisation of the Nazi-style quenelle gesture, the French Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) is seeking to force YouTube to remove a video featuring the antisemitic entertainer.

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Belgian MP does Nazi-style salute, says Zionists funded Holocaust

By Natasha Lehrer, February 5, 2014

It has emerged that far-right Belgian politician Laurent Louis gave three Nazi-style salutes in parliament.

A supporter of Dieudonné’s Anti-Zionist Party, he was filmed performing the quenelles — made famous by the French comedian — in succession in January.

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Paris politician says antisemitism not a big problem in France

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2014

Daniele Hoffman-Rispal, a National Assembly of France member representing Paris, told the JC that she does not “feel problems” of antisemitism in France.

The president of France-Israel, who is Jewish, said France was “not more antisemitic than anywhere else”.

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French olim say hate pushed them out

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2014

With French emigration to Israel up 63 per cent last year, Hebrew-language schools echo with the sound of French and French-accented Hebrew. And one of the first phrases the new arrivals pick up is “antisemitism”.

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Paris erupts in hate…

By Natasha Lehrer, January 30, 2014

Horrifying footage has emerged of anti-government demonstrators in Paris chanting “Juif, la France n’est pas pour toi” (“Jew, France is not for you”) on the eve on International Holocaust Memorial Day last Sunday.

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka contests FA's 'quenelle' charge

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka is to contest the Football Association's decision to charge him over the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The France striker used his Facebook page to state that he was "neither antisemitic or racist" and to challenge the allegations against him.

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French comedian Dieudonne questioned by police over 'assault'

By JC Reporter, January 22, 2014

The antisemitic French comedian at the centre of the row over Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture has been questioned by police in France after allegedly assaulting a bailiff.

Reports say that Dieudonne M'Bala was involved in an incident after bailiffs arrived at his home to demand payment of unpaid fines.

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Nicolas Anelka charged by FA over quenelle gesture

By Daniel Easterman, January 21, 2014

The Football Association has charged the West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka over his quenelle gesture.

In a statement issued this morning, the FA said it was alleged that Anelka "made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3[1]".

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